This project is a very radical re-edit of the PT, here are a few of the overall changes.
To not only make the prequels more watchable, but to make them feel somewhat fresh, new, and creative. I want my audience to watch my edits as new versions of the prequel trilogy, rather than as just simple edits that take out the annoying bits. In order to reach this goal, the movies have been drastically reordered, they have many new special effects, voices, all new color grading, and entire plot threads have been removed, repurposed, or tweaked to fit a new narrative. I want to create very different films while still maintaining a clear and concise narrative that still follows a three-act structure but has an alternate pace, tone, score, antagonist(s), new subplots, and misses many crucial moments from the PT. This is not only the minimalist version of the PT, this at some parts may feel like a completely different beast as compared to the other edits of these films that came beforehand.
I am capable of some really solid and seamless editing, but my skills in VFX are quite limited, I can color correct, and key out many things from the movies with custom mattes that I make in photoshop but I cannot rotoscope or animate new moving objects in frames, fortunately I do not need to do much VFX work in this project, but I may need a little help in a few areas. I am also a pretty busy guy, but I want to get this thing out because I’ve been working on it since 2014 and I’m not gonna give up.
Here are some of the general changes in the edit, I can’t create a normal cutlist since the entire thing is edited in literally every scene, and all rearranged but this should give you a general idea of what to expect or not to expect:
-100% remove Jar Jar and the Gungans using rotoscoping, image keying, and clever editing
-no “decoy” subplot
-the clone wars start at the end of TPM, the clones are introduced as a solution to the invasion of naboo
-re-dub young Anakin
-re-dub Darth Maul
-remove Darth Sidious, replace sidious holograms with count dooku
-C3PO gets finished and taken to Coruscant
-Anakin doesn’t go to war
-no space battle at the end
-no forbidden love
-no jango fett
-no death star references
-no tatooine (no shmi, owem, beru, watto, etc.)
-darth maul is brought back as general grievous
-obi wan does not fight count dooku at all
-new anakin dream sequences
-no bail organa
-no order 66
-no child slaughtering
-padme does not die
-no birth of the twins
-again, no yoda
-entirely new and original third act, constructed from a huge variety of sources
Here are some test videos I’ve uploaded over the course of the edit (in order of upload date):
This is slated to release in late 2019, hopefully before episode 9 comes out.
Prequel Fan-Edit thread: http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Yet-another-series-of-prequel-edits/id/17329